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Dive Review of Rich Coast Diving in
Costa Rica/Pacific Side

Rich Coast Diving: "Left Out at Sea", Dec, 2003,

by Douglas , IL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8646.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Solomons, Truk, Yap, Palau, Coral Sea, PNG, Roatan, Maui, Jamaica, Florida, L'il Cayman and Cayman East, Belize Ambergris and Isla Marisol, Grand Turk, Cabo Pulmo, Cozumel, Dominica, Bonaire Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 72 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10 to 25 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, no safety checks of any sort.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Though I had confirmed our reservations 3 times directly with Rich Coast's owner, upon arrival we were greeted with the comment "Oh, we thought you were coming yesterday, and we've had a lot of walk-in customers so we don't have any room for you on our boats tomorrow." This was not an acceptable welcome, and they finally said that they'd "figure something out." At the beach the next morning, we watched the Rich Coast guides try to unsort the confustion of gear, tanks and humans. One guide instructed us to wait on shore while he ferried a group of divers out to the dive shop's trimaran- "I'll be right back for you." After about 15 more minutes of waiting, we had to be raced out to the trimaran, which was already leaving the bay, since the guide had forgotten about us. The first dive was in 78 degree water at Villadora with foggy visibility of about 20 feet. Rich Coast hadn't sent enough tanks for the 2nd dive, so three "volunteers" had to miss out. While equalizing on our descent, the guide disappeared into the plankton haze, so I ended up resurfacing and shooting a compass bearing. Day Two had a little better vis at Punta Argentina, and the 2nd dive at shallow Estudiante was mesmerizing with its beds of fern-liike sea grass and fi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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